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Post Scriptum, 1974

GPE-0012

Typescript sheets

Three sheets 28 x 22 cm each

Signed and dated on the verso of the third sheet, centre: “Giulio Paolini / 1974”

Autograph numbering on the verso of the third sheet, bottom centre

60 in Arabic numerals from 1/60 to 60/60
7 artist’s proofs in Arabic numerals from 1/7 (p.a.) to 7/7 (p.a.)

Minetti-Rebora Edizioni, Genoa

The graphic edition is part of the activity of the Galleriaforma, Genoa – founded in 1972 by Paolo Minetti and Emilio Rebora – which, from the very beginning, included the production of editions and multiples. Paolini's only solo exhibition at the Galleriaforma was held from 30 March to 19 April 1974.

Double-sided three-flap grey cardboard folder, blank, closed format 28 x 23 cm. Contains the edition, with no accessory sheets.

The three sheets, framed without a passepartout, are arranged close together at short intervals from each other (in three individual frames or in a single frame). The order of the sequence of the three elements is binding: the names at the top centre, from left to right, are Germano Celant, Mirella Bandini, and Giulio Paolini.

The portfolio is made up of a sequence of three typewritten sheets, equal in composition and size. The first one features the bibliographical data of the monograph dedicated to the artist by Germano Celant in 1972 (New York: Sonnabend Press). The second one refers to the bibliographical data for the review of the same monograph by Mirella Bandini in the art magazine Nac (4, Milan, April, 1973, p. 41). The third sheet features the biographical data for the portfolio itself (author, title, publisher, place and year of publication).
In the succession of three sheets, the second one attests to the existence of the first one, while the final post scriptum is limited to attesting to the existence of the portfolio itself. By evoking an absent subject (Celant's book), recalled through the language, the work neither reveals nor declares anything. Similarly, the post scriptum adds nothing to the work. All it does is attest – via the biographical data – to its existence. Rather than proposing something, the work questions the language as such, and the concept of duplication or multiplication, implicit in the nature of the print edition.

1974 Genoa, Galleriaforma, Giulio Paolini. Idem (IV), 30 March - 19 April.
1975 Zurich, Galerie Annemarie Verna, Giulio Paolini, 4-30 April.
1975 Munich, Galerie Art in Progress, Giulio Paolini, 18 April - 21 May.
1977 Mannheim, Mannheim Kunstverein, Giulio Paolini, 31 July - 28 August, not repr.
1985 Ravenna, Pinacoteca Comunale, Loggetta Lombardesca, Giulio Paolini. Tutto qui, 15 June - 22 September, not repr.
1990 London, Anna Bornholt Gallery, Chiasmus, 4 May - 14 June, cited in the checklist of exhibited works n. pag., not repr.
1992 Bonn, Bonner Kunstverein, Giulio Paolini. Impressions graphiques. Das graphische Werk 1967-1992, 24 February - 29 March (catalogue Impressions graphiques. L’opera grafica 1967-1992 di Giulio Paolini [Turin: Marco Noire Editore, 1992], cat. no. 12).
1993 Winterthur, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Giulio Paolini. Impressions graphiques. Das druckgraphische Werk 1967-1992, 16 January - 7 March (catalogue Impressions graphiques. L’opera grafica 1967-1992 di Giulio Paolini [Turin: Marco Noire Editore, 1992], cat. no. 12).
1995 Lisbon, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian / Centro de Arte Moderna José de Azeredo Perdigão, Giulio Paolini. Impressions graphiques. Múltiplos e Obra Gráfica 1969-1995, 16 March - 28 May, not repr. in the exhibition brochure (catalogue Impressions graphiques. L’opera grafica 1967-1992 di Giulio Paolini [Turin: Marco Noire Editore, 1992], cat. no. 12).
1996 Turin, Galleria Martano, Artists’ Books, 8 May - 10 June, cited in the checklist of exhibited works n. pag., not repr.
1996 Apolda, Kunsthaus Apolda Avantgarde, Giulio Paolini. Impressions graphiques, 27 September - 27 October (catalogue Impressions graphiques. L’opera grafica 1967-1992 di Giulio Paolini [Turin: Marco Noire Editore, 1992], cat. no. 12).
1997 Göppingen, Kunsthalle, Giulio Paolini. Impressions graphiques. Das graphische Druckwerk 1967-1995, 9 March - 13 April (catalogue Impressions graphiques. L’opera grafica 1967-1992 di Giulio Paolini [Turin: Marco Noire Editore, 1992], cat. no. 12).
2002 Modena, Biblioteca civica d’arte Luigi Poletti, Giulio Paolini. Pagine, 20 September - 23 November, col. repr. pp. 26-27 (caption p. 91).
2006 Rivoli, Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Libri Books Bücher, 29 April - 30 July, no catalogue.
2008 Turin, Giorgio Maffei, Arte Povera. Libri d’artista, multipli, fotografie, 14-23 December, no catalogue.
G. Paolini, Idem (Turin: Giulio Einaudi editore, 1975), repr. pp. 94-95, new edition (Milan: Electa, 2023), repr. pp. 120-121.
F. Poli, “Note di lettura”, in Giulio Paolini (Turin: Lindau, 1990), p. 41, not repr.; republished in Giulio Paolini. Von heute bis gestern / Da oggi a ieri, exhibition catalogue, Graz, Neue Galerie im Landesmuseum Joanneum (Ostfildern-Ruit: Cantz Verlag, 1998), p. 67, not repr.
Impressions graphiques. L’opera grafica 1967-1992 di Giulio Paolini (Turin: Marco Noire Editore, 1992), cat. no. 12, repr.
L. Dematteis, G. Maffei, Libri d’artista in Italia 1960-1998 (Turin: Regione Piemonte, 1998), cat. no. 2084 p. 178, repr. p. 177.
Entry by Bettina Della Casa and Maddalena Disch, 14/06/2024